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Help me, O my Father,
to labour for the joys of others.
to spread happiness about me as I go,
to have a gentle heart for suffering,
to be charitable in thought as well as in deed,
to be just and patient and forgiving to all,
to speak the word of peace to him that is near
as well as to him that is from far off.
God of my fathers,
teach me to be worthy of the name of Israelite.
May no act of mine bring shame upon it.
May all that I do be to Thy Glory, O God.
Give me an understanding heart
so that I may feel how solemn is the responsibility
which rests upon me as a member of Thy people.
Give me strength to perform the Israelite’s mission,
to set an example of righteousness,
purity and unselfishness,
and to be a witness before the world
of Thine everlasting love.
Basil L.Q. Henriques’s prayer “For Unselfishness” was first published in The Fratres Book of Prayer for the Oxford and St. George’s Synagogue Jewish Lads Club in 1916, and later reprinted in the Prayer Book of the St. George’s Settlement Synagogue (1929), “Special Prayers” section, page 91. –Aharon Varady
“[Prayer] for unselfishness, by Basil Lucas Quixano Henriques (1916)” is shared by the living contributor(s) with a Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication 1.0 Universal license.
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